Speculation is mounting at the bar that Lord David Neuberger will become the 95th Master of the Rolls (MR) when the incumbent MR Anthony Clarke joins the Supreme Court in October.
Neuberger became the country’s youngest Law Lord in 2007 after spending just two years in the Court of Appeal. His rise through the judicial ranks has been one of the swiftest in legal history.
“We all think that Neuberger will get the MR post and Jonathan Sumption QC will join the Supreme Court,” a senior barrister said.
Another added: “It would be an inspired choice. David’s very fair and well-liked. I’ve never heard a bad word said against him.”
Brick Court Chambers is remaining tight-lipped in the face of the widespread belief that Sumption will join the Supreme Court, which will open in October.
There is growing support for Neuberger to take the MR position. “He has a razor-sharp mind,” one clerk said. “It would be an excellent choice.”
Neuberger is currently advising the Government on how the bar could be more diverse. In December 2007, as part of a report for the Bar Council, he recommended that law be introduced into the national curriculum to encourage entrants from more diverse backgrounds.
The Queen appoints the MR on the recommendation of the prime minister, who is advised by the Lord Chancellor and senior judiciary.